It's a great illustration of why we like Marvel
The film studio, though, posted an operating loss of $84 million for the burberry outlet quarter, reflecting a $200-million write-down associated with the sci-fi adventure film "John Carter." The big-budget flop, released in early March, has so far brought in about $271 million worldwide — far less than the more than $400 million it cost to make and market. After the picture's release, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross was fired and has not yet been replaced. Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Robert A. Iger focused his remarks on the record-breaking box-office performance of "The Avengers," made by the company's Marvel Entertainment unit. The film brought in more than $207 million in its first three days of release in the U.S., and has grossed $702 million worldwide in its first two weeks. The results will be reflected in Disney's third quarter. "It's a great illustration of why we like Marvel so much: great characters, great storytelling, and the wonderful ability for them to bring their characters and stories to the big screen so effectively," Iger said. The compelling superhero characters who make up "The Avengers" — including Iron Man, Thor and Captain America — were introduced to moviegoers in earlier films, setting the stage for the tremendous success of the film in movie theaters and fueling strong merchandise sales, Iger said. Iger also sought, in the wake of the management turmoil at the Disney studio, to trumpet the strength of the upcoming film slate, including "Brave," featuring Pixar Animation Studio's first female hero, which reaches theaters burberry men clothing June 22, and Tim Burton's stop-motion movie "Frankenweenie," due out in the fall. Disney's Media Networks television group remains the company's cash cow, reporting operating income of $1.7 billion for the quarter, up 13% from a year earlier. Results were fueled by the continued strength of two of its cable television brands, ESPN and Disney Channel. The sports network continues to expand its distribution on new platforms and now reaches 40 million subscribers on mobile devices. Disney Channel, meanwhile, is the company's brand ambassador, available in 167 countries. ABC Family notched its eighth consecutive year of growth, resulting from the popularity of such original series as "Pretty Little Liars." Theme parks and resorts showed the most substantial gains. Operating income rose 53% to $222 million in the quarter, reflecting increased attendance and spending at Disney's domestic parks and improved results from the Tokyo Disney Resort, which closed for three cheap white leather shoes burberry for men weeks because of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.